KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City mother’s speech defending her transgender child has made waves across the Internet.
Debi Jackson spoke two months ago at the Listen to your Mother show. The show has women tell five-minute stories about motherhood. The stories can be about anything: divorce, funny or serious stories. Anything goes.
Jackson shared a story about her daughter.
“I really just expected that over the next year maybe we would get 5 or 6 hundred people who had an interest in our story and want to share it,” Jackson said, “Share it with their family members and friends, something like that. I never expected it to go anywhere beyond that or bigger than that.”
The Huffington Post wrote an article about her speech, and the story went national.
“I had a message from a friend that said, ‘Hey, did you know you are on the Huffington Post?’ I had no idea. When I went to see it, I went to look at the YouTube page,” Jackson said, “It had gone from a hundred video views to several thousand, just like that, in a matter of hours.”
Jackson’s daughter is 7 years old. She transitioned from male to female when she was 4 years old.
The video also got additional help from singer Ricky Martin. He tweeted out a link to the story Thursday morning.
Jackson is a huge Ricky Martin fan, and she said he’s her hero.
“He’s living such an authentic life and celebrating diversity himself that for him to recognize our story is just mind blowing,” Jackson said, “He said that I’m an extraordinary mom and told people to listen and watch. And he followed me.”
The YouTube video of Jackson speaking (as of 9:45 a.m. Thursday) has been viewed nearly 100,000 times.
Watch Jackson’s speech below: